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  1. nkdwin
    Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       #60

    Boot fails; drive with OS bitlocked


    Thank for the awesome thread ... I have followed the instructions but cannot boot from the recovery drive. I see the recovery drive listed when i boot and can select it. The system then "loads files" but then reboots. Would this be because my boot drive ("C" drive) is bitlocked?

    I am not a expert by any means so i suspect i am making a simple mistake
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  2. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,063
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #61

    nkdwin said:
    I have followed the instructions but cannot boot from the recovery drive.
    Check if you can launch recovery manually. First, boot to Command Prompt (see Option Two in this tutorial).

    When booted to Command Prompt, run Windows partitioning utility with following command:

    diskpart

    Enter following command to check partition ID letters, when booted to command prompt they are not always the same than when booting to Windows normally:

    list vol

    In my case now, Diskpart shows that my custom recovery partition is R:

    Exit Diskpart with following command:

    exit

    Switch to custom recovery partition:

    R:

    Run Windows Setup manually with following command:

    setup.exe
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    Does the Windows Setup start normally?

    Kari
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  3. nkdwin
    Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       #62

    Does the Windows Setup start normally?
    The process you described worked ..
    I did have to provide the bitlocker key for 'C' drive for the computer to boot into the command prompt ..

    I guess this is the process i would have to go through to restore

    Thanks for the help
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  4. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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       #63

    nkdwin said:
    The process you described worked ..
    I did have to provide the bitlocker key for 'C' drive for the computer to boot into the command prompt ..
    OK, at least we know you can use your custom recovery partition when / if necessary. I cannot say at the moment if Bitlocker is the culprit for not being able to boot to recovery, I need to do some further tests with Bitlocker.

    Kari
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  5. Marko75
    Posts : 7
    Win10
       #64

    double post - rookie mistake...
    Last edited by Marko75; 07 Jan 2019 at 19:39. Reason: page crashed :)
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  6. Marko75
    Posts : 7
    Win10
       #65

    Brilliant post, and have used successfully on a few images. But this latest one has me stumped... I've created my recovery drive as per instructions (NTFS, R:), copied everything over including my custom install.wim file (which works on a USB installer). I can do a recovery by running setup.exe from R:
    But what I can't do is successfully run the batch file. I choose R as the drive, and get an error saying that there is no valid windows image found on given partition r. Even changing the drive letter fails. I've used the latest 1809 build that I also used for the base of the install. I'm sure I've done something dumb, but for the moment I'm stumped....
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #66

    Marko75 said:
    But what I can't do is successfully run the batch file.
    Do you mean the batch in step 3.1? If so, then there's something wrong with your WIM file, or the drive letter is wrong.

    Kari
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  8. Marko75
    Posts : 7
    Win10
       #67

    Kari said:
    Do you mean the batch in step 3.1? If so, then there's something wrong with your WIM file, or the drive letter is wrong.

    Kari
    And that's what I figured myself. Even fails with the default install.esd that comes with the 1809 current download from MS, and with other custom install.wim files from other images. And I've checked and triple-checked the drive letter. I've deleted and reformatted the partition, and essentially banged my head against a wall. Changed the drive letter in case it didn't like R for some reason. I've done this successfully on 4-5 other images, and it's just worked. Feeling like a bit of a numpty at the moment...
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #68

    Marko75 said:
    I've done this successfully on 4-5 other images, and it's just worked. Feeling like a bit of a numpty at the moment...
    I am very sorry but I have absolutely no idea what is happening on your machine.

    Could you please take a screenshot of Disk Management and post it here, showing all drives and partitions, before you run the batch file.

    Kari
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  10. Marko75
    Posts : 7
    Win10
       #69

    Haha all good. I'm only persisting because of how brilliant this process is. I'll do some more testing and see if I can come up with something useful. Or I'll just put it down to Windows being dumb and go back to my mac :)

    Many thanks for your help
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